I’ll just let it be known now that coffee and baked goods are two of my most favorite things on Earth. Since this is the case, both bakeries and cafes are some of my favorite establishments to grab some coffee and croissant, and just sit down, focus and get some work done. It could be the java jolt or the carbs (probably the java jolt) but I really find that taking my laptop with me and getting some work done in cafes helps me to accomplish way more than I typically would confined to a desk. A lot of it has to do with the atmosphere: the smell of fresh bread and coffee brewing, the display cases and racks full of delectable-looking treats, and people bustling in and out really make me happy (oh and free wifi, of course!)
In my opinion, a natural vibe always works best for me when it comes to cafe interiors. Reclaimed woods, industrial lighting, and plenty of seating create a homey feel that makes you just want to stick around. One of my absolute favorite cafes is in Boone, NC, and what I liked about it is that it always seemed so lived-in. Starbucks and Barneys can seem so corporate and stuffy (please don’t even get me started on Panera’s 30-minute wifi situation..) but locally owned cafes want and value regulars. All of this leads to an organic aesthetic that I’ve found myself loving, and even if it doesn’t necessarily work in my home I always feel at home.
A common thread that I seem to find in all of my favorite cafe designs is the chalkboard menu. I love routine and relying on something that you know just as much as the next guy, but switching things up can be a fun way to try new things – especially when it comes to drinks and bakery items. My handwriting really is atrocious, so I always admire those who can perfect the art of chalkboard typography. Not only are they fashionable, but they’re also undoubtedly functional. I just love it!
Lastly, just because you love an organically inspired interior doesn’t mean that there should be a lack of color. Boldly painted walls, lights, and window frames can all provide a burst of energy into an otherwise neutral space. Seating and tables also have room for vibrant colors and patterns. I’m obsessed with tribal or geometric patterned textiles so these would definitely be included in my “dream bakery and cafe” design. I also think that a deliberate lack of color (white walls, floors or counters) give you the perfect backdrop for adding pops of color throughout to create a clean yet vibrant impression.
What would you include if you could design your own bakery or cafe? I’d definitely include outdoor seating, lots of indoor plants, and a never-ending pot of fresh brewed Colombian roast! Feel free to hit me up on Twitter to keep the conversation going.
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